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Austin Brown Q&A with Billboard at Sundance

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Emerging artist Austin Brown was one of the many singers and musicians who descended on Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. He paid a visit to the Billboard and Sonos lounge for a quick Q&A prior to a performance.

Austin spoke about his favorite part of being in and around the music business for most of his life, what fans should expect from his next album, and the best advice he received from his iconic uncle.

Watch the interview below:

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Bobby V, Ro James, Austin Brown, Mateo, Adrian Marcel & Curtis Fields Perform at BET Music Matters Concert

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It was another great night for R&B in New York City on Tuesday, as BET held their end of the year Music Matters concert at SOB’s. The monthly showcase put together an excellent lineup for their last show of 2013, featuring many of R&B’s best emerging male artists.

Opening the show was singer/musician Curtis Fields, who was introduced to many with his performance at this years BET Awards. Curtis showed off his vocal talent and impressive gimmick of playing the guitar off an app on his iPhone. Next up was Bay Area native Adrian Marcel who wowed the audience with his vocal performance and stage presence, performing fan favorites off his debut mixtape ‘7 Days of Weak.’ Following third was SOB’s regular Mateo, who once again sang his heart out and played keys, closing with his latest single “How Good Is Your Love,” which is currently on the countdown of 106 & Park.

The tempo of the evening was brought up when Austin Brown and his incredible band were introduced to the stage, delivering another roaring,  high-energy set of covers and songs from his 2012 mixtape ‘Highway 85.’ The second to last act was none other than Ro James, who has also become a stable at SOB’s, and put on one of his best performances, keeping it tight Ro had the entire room singing along to his anthem “Pledge Allegiance.”

Closing out the evening was R&B star Bobby V, who just released his impressive new EP ‘Peach Moon,’ featuring a new sound for the singer, which features all live instruments. Bobby being a seasoned performer with a catalog of many hits, reminded many why he is still a sought after artist, and in addition to his classics performed new tracks off ‘Peach Moon’ project, and showcased his skills at the keys.

The evening of great R&B was also co-hosted by platinum hitmaker and artist Rico Love, who has been seeing success with his own new single “They Don’t Know.” Check out our exclusive photos below:

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Austin Brown Talks Music & Art in Budweiser Video

Austin Brown continues to build his name and brand of authentic artistry. The eclectic singer/songwriter recently relocated to NYC from L.A., and landed a Budweiser’s radar, who shot this special video interview piece, giving fans and new listeners a look into his art, performance style, lessons from his family, and reasons for his move to New York City.

Austin is currently working on his next album. Check out the video, and stay tuned!


Show Recap: Sol Village w/ J. Holiday, Leigh Bush, Austin Brown, Ben Official & Rachel Kerr

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SOB’s in NYC has been rockin for CMJ week, and ‘Sol Village‘ made it’s return on Wednesday night with a great show. The showcase, presented by our friends at TheNext2Shine and YouKnowIGotSoul, featured performances from J. Holiday, Sammie aka Leigh Bush, Austin Brown, Ben Official & Rachel Kerr.

Austin Brown got the energy kicked off right as he performed songs from his mixtape, Highway 85 and exuded every bit of confidence as he owned the stage with “Love Rollercoaster”, “Highway To The Sky”, and “Groove 92″ among other tracks. Chicago’s BenOfficial was all about paying homage to great music and a great city as he covered Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and Tyrese’s “Lately.” He wrapped up his set with “I Wish Too,” which pays tribute to Chicago as they remain strong in the recent violence that has plagued the Windy City. Rachel Kerr, hailing from the UK, was fearless from beginning to end as she wowed the crowd with her motivational “Just Getting Started” and “I Will Love Me” then wrapped up with “Hold My Hand” with everyone singing along as backup.

Leigh Bush, formerly known as Sammie, hit the stage and fulfilled every bit of the crowd’s anticipation through the night as it was his debut at the longest running R&B showcase in NYC. On the heels of the release of his new EP, The Leigh Bush Project, Bush performed fan favorites from his past like “Come With Me”, “Slowly” and even an acapella version of his first hit “I Like It.” The set was wrapped up with “Free Falling”, a fast favorite of those who have already purchased Bush’s EP. Complete with a lucky young lady joining him onstage, “Free Falling” proves to be just as amazing live as it sounds on wax.

J. Holiday ended the musically eclectic night with a big return to the stage, complete with the announcement of his upcoming album entitled Guilty Conscience set for a December release. Holiday performed his comeback bedroom single “After We…,” and had the audience hanging on his every word with his hits including “Suffocate,” “I Miss You,” and of course “Bed.”

Check out our exclusive photos below:

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Ticket Giveaway: ‘Sol Village’ at SOB’s with J. Holiday, Leigh Bush (Sammie), Austin Brown, Ben Official & Rachel Kerr

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SOB’s infamous “Sol Village” showcase will be returning on Wednesday, October 16, presented by our friends at N2S and YKIGS. This month’s show is a special CMJ 2013 edition and will feature performances from J. Holiday, Leigh Bush (aka Sammie), Austin Brown, Ben Official and Rachel Kerr.

Over its 10 years, ‘Sol Village’ has featured artists such as John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq, Common, Floetry, Dwele and more recently Luke James, Bridget Kelly, Allen Stone and Emily King to name a few. It has served as a cultural breeding ground from which young acts have broken into the next level of their careers.

Are you in the NYC area and want to check out these artists? We are offering 4 pairs of tickets to the show. Just email us at “contest@thisisrnb.com” with the subject line “Sol Village,” telling us your 3 favorite artists right now. Please be sure to list your full name. Winners will be picked at random from the entries. Must be 18+ to enter.

UPDATE: The contest is over, but tickets are still available!

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Nicky Geezy Presents: #MusicTalk with Austin Brown

The homie Nicky Geezy recently caught up with rising star Austin Brown for a candid interview at his home studio in Los Angeles, for her new online series ‘#MusicTalk.’ Following their chat, Austin gives a quick live performance, on his personal piano, of “F’d With My Mind.”

This isn’t just an interview, it’s #MusicTalk with Austin Brown. We caught up with the singer/songwriter/producer at his LA home and spoke about his Highway 85 mixtape, getting advice from his uncle Michael Jackson, picking Madonna’s brain, and what music we can expect in 2013 from him.

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JoJo Performs Mini Concert, Duets with Leah LaBelle on John Legend Cover

jojo-leahJoJo released her new mixtape “Agape” at the end of last year, and her large fan base have been eager for more from the singer. As she preps for more show dates and possibly a mini tour, JoJo offered her fans across the globe a chance to see her perform in the most intimate of settings. The 21-year old performed a mini-concert from her keyboardist’s living room and broadcast it live online via Stageit.

She invited some of her musician friends/collaborators to join her, including Leah LaBelle and Austin Brown, and jammed for a 50-minute acoustic set. Viewers donated money and in exchange they were treated to past and present hits including “Leave (Get Out),” “Demonstrate,” “Andre” (which she revealed the music video is coming soon) and “Marvin’s Room,” which she credits for changing the course of her career.

She also threw in a cover of Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait,” debuted the full version of “Thinking Out Loud,” and dueted with her BFF Leah on John Legend’s “Ordinary People” (Part 3).

“While I’ve been in this limbo, your support has literally kept me alive,” a grateful JoJo told her fans before closing with “Too Little, Too Late.” “I can’t wait to explain everything to you. It’s gonna blow your fu**ing mind when you hear what’s going on.”

Watch her full set below.

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List: 13 New R&B Artists To Watch in 2013

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R&B is at a special place right now; it is evolving again.  The call to action of supporting the genre and bringing back feelings has been harnessed by a new generation. It is once again exciting to watch the emergence of raw talents pushing for what they believe in, and using their unique perspectives on sounds, styles and influence. Soul and R&B seems to be found all around now, if you look and listen openly, but there is room for all of it, from the traditional to the commercial, from the alternative to the sexual. It’s living, and it’s not going anywhere.

Moving on into the new year, we have had our eyes and ears on so many new artists, there is truly something or some voice out there for everyone now, and it wasn’t even real easy narrowing down a list to 13.  After our deliberations though, we are happy with this list, and at the end of the day every artist here, should be on your radar.

In no particular order. Take a look at the ‘13 New R&B Artists to Watch in 2013‘ below…

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